Jersey ease into semis with victory over France
Jersey beat France by 8 wickets in Group B to book their place in the semi-finals.
Chasing a total of 98 in glorious sunshine at FB Fields, opener Ed Farley made an unbeaten 57, including six 4s and a 6, as Jersey eased to victory in 14.5 overs.
Farley rode his luck at times, almost run-out on three occasions and dropped on the boundary when on 45, but he managed to survive and, with captain Peter Gough (16*), see Jersey home comfortably.
Farley's innings was marked by some eye-catching drives into the onside as he punished anything that strayed onto his pads, the pick being a superb strike down the ground off the bowling of Zika Ali that hit the fence half-way up.
And although it was a straight-forward victory France had earlier looked dangerous having won the toss and electing to bat, opener Ramesh Sithambaranathan (25) smashing Ryan Driver for six into the car park off the third ball of the innings. France were going well at 32-0 in 5 overs but then left-arm spinner Ben Stevens removed Sithambaranathan, stumped by Ed Farley as he overstretched playing a drive.
This shifted the momentum as only 17 came from the next 5 overs, Jersey turning the screw with medium-pacers Carlyon, Vautier and Perchard all bowling a good line and length. France then continued to struggle to find the boundary and finished on 98-7 in 20 overs.
It was a total that was to be 50 or 60 short of par and Jersey can now look forward to a semi-final clash with Group A winners Italy tomorrow.